Posted by Margie on February 26, 1998 at 09:59:54:
In response to Mr. Emerson: Romantic or chauvinist, written by Kay on February 26, 1998 at 09:46:30
] "I can reach you no other way. You must marry or your life will be wasted."
] I prefer to put this quote in context of Mr. Emerson's whole impassioned speech, which was a jolt to Lucy's soul. I think he meant that since Lucy has fallen in love, it would be a tragedy not to marry George.
] But thinking back to Miss Bartlett -- is Forster trying to show us that her life is wasted because she did not marry?
Is this the do-it-yourself novel? It's such a fun read, and
yet there is so much that isn't nailed down. It's like a novel kit and every reader gets to finish it for her or himself.
I thought at first the Emerson was reacting the way Mr. Beebe was reacting. That Lucy had an unexplored talent for living. I thought Mr. Emerson was specifically saying that Lucy would waste her life if she didn't follow her love for George. But your post makes a good case for a less specific interpretation.
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